|Offense||2nd||82.3 (28th)||339.3 (1st)|
|Defense||29th||116.8 (22nd)||287.0 (30th)|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||4||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|48||Bell, Vonn||FS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||R||Ohio State|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||2||Louisiana State|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||5||Appalachian State|
|10||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||3||Oregon State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||2||Fresno State|
|20||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||3||Northwest Missouri State|
|91||Edebali, Kasim||DE||6-2||253||8/17/1989||3||Boston College|
|21||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1994||R||Texas A&M|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||4||Idaho State|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||R||Ferris State|
|53||Laurinaitis, James||ILB||6-2||248||12/3/1986||8||Ohio State|
|68||Lelito, Tim||G||6-4||315||7/21/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|87||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||R||Northern Illinois|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||R||Georgia State|
|56||Mauti, Michael||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||4||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||13||Louisiana Tech|
|24||Moore, Sterling||CB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||6||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||8||Southern Methodist|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-3||300||11/13/1992||R||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||OLB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||5||North Texas|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||2||Ball State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||4||Penn State|
|55||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||11||Virginia Tech|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||R||Ohio State|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-4||325||5/15/1993||R||North Carolina|
|28||Webb, B.W.||CB||5-11||190||5/3/1990||4||William & Mary|
|86||Brown, Vincent (IR)||WR||5-11||190||1/25/1989||5||San Diego State|
|58||Gwacham, Obum (IR)||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||2||Oregon State|
|30||Harris, Erik (IR)||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||1||California (PA)|
|84||Hoomanawanui, Michael (IR)||TE||6-4||265||7/4/1988||7||Illinois|
|77||Pettway, D.J. (IR)||DE||6-2||270||9/19/1992||R||Alabama|
|43||Pruitt, Jimmy (IR)||CB||6-0||203||11/28/1992||R||San Jose State|
|33||Sanford, Jamarca (IR)||SS||5-10||200||8/27/1985||8||Mississippi|
|27||Swann, Damian (IR)||CB||6-0||189||12/4/1992||2||Georgia|
|25||Williams, P.J. (IR)||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||2||Florida State|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (IR)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||7||Boise State|
|66||Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||R||Michigan State|
|Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-1||188||12/26/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|79||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||R||Air Force|
|Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|Stoneburner, Jake||TE||6-3||261||8/25/1989||3||Ohio State|
|Williams, Jordan||WR||6-3||228||5/9/1994||R||Ball State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"
Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.
There was a point between Cooks' two-touchdown Week 1 and the Week 5 bye where the young speedster cooled off while rookie Michael Thomas and others found their stride. Order seems to have been restored for Cooks, who - drop in yardage total aside - caught seven passes and a touchdown for the second consecutive game. Big-play receivers like Cooks can be streaky and the likes of Thomas and Willie Snead, too, have the ability to take over a game - but Cooks showed on Sunday that he can still deliver a quality outing even when forced to do his damage closer to the line of scrimmage.
The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related.
Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate.
Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.
Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.
"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.
Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.
"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."
The Saints had listed Kruger as questionable for the contest while he fought a back issue during practice, but after sitting out last week's game against the Panthers, he'll be cleared to return to action. The 30-year-old, who posted double-digit sacks for the Browns in 2014, has yet to regain his pass-rushing form through four games with the Saints this season, registered a lone half-sack.
Breaux's limited participation is a great sign moving forward, as it shows at least a relative amount of comfort with his surgically-repaired left fibula. It is unclear whether he will return to game action in Week 9, but if he is forced to miss another game, expect to see more De'Vante Harris and Ken Crawley at cornerback for the Saints.
Jordan now has 2.5 sacks and 21 combined tackles this season. While his sack total is slightly off his typical pace -- he has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the last four years -- sacks often come in bunches for the talented defensive end. Further, Jordan is actually on pace to approach his career high in tackles (67 in 2012). Although the Saints once again have one of the worst defenses in the league, Jordan should continue to be a solid option for IDP owners.
Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury.
All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season.
Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.
Lasco was forced to miss Week 7's matchup with the Chiefs, so his participation in practice, albeit limited, is a good sign regarding his status for this Sunday. He has only played 16 offensive snaps this season, however, which keeps him off the radar as a fantasy producer.
The rookie Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1 but has since seen his role grow throughout the young season. In fact, he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4 and teamed with fellow safety Kenny Vaccaro to make one of the game's biggest plays, a forced fumble of Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter. Bell once again drew the start in Week 6 against the Panthers, and though the Saints frequently used Byrd in three-safety alignments -- a role that Bell was expected to fill this year -- it appears that Bell should continue to start over Byrd moving forward. With 25 combined tackles in only four games, Bell should be a solid fantasy option in many IDP leagues.
Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.
Cadet was held without a catch until the fourth quarter, when he made a few plays with the Saints facing a double-digit deficit. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram led the Saints' backfield with four receptions and actually caught a three-yard touchdown on the first drive of the second half. Cadet doesn't get many carries -- he has only two rushing attempts all season -- and while he should continue to see some looks in the passing game, he's really only an option in deeper PPR leagues.
Pruitt was waived/injured Tuesday, but the team announced that he will be placed on IR after clearing waivers Wednesday. In his absence, De'Vante Harris and Cortland Finnegan are likely to see an increase in playing time.
There were reports last week that Hightower had fallen behind Daniel Lasco on the Saints' running back depth chart. However, with Lasco inactive due to a hamstring injury, Hightower served as Mark Ingram's primary backup in Kansas City. It remains unclear whether Hightower or Lasco would stand to benefit most if Ingram were to miss any time with an injury, but neither has much value so long as Ingram remains healthy.
Grayson has not progressed as the Saints hoped when they selected him in the third round last year, and the team is clearly comfortable with both Drew Brees and Luke McCown, so they will head into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the roster. Given where he was drafted, it should not take long for Grayson to hook on with another squad.
Though healthy for the start of camp, Byrd did miss the entirety of the Saints' offseason program rehabbing the knee injury that has plagued him since inking a six-year, $54 million deal ahead of the 2014 season. Hopefully, for the Saints, Byrd's 2016 training camp presence will smoothly translate to an improved performance in the upcoming campaign for a New Orleans secondary that allowed the 31st-most passing yards in the NFL during 2015.
Brees' interception was a costly one, as it was returned 49 yards for a touchdown by Daniel Sorensen. The veteran rebounded nicely, though, finishing with his fourth performance of over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He has a marvelous 17:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio to go with 2,101 yards in six games.
Griffin has been dealing with a hamstring injury during the preseason. The Air Force product is considered a long shot to make the final roster, as he currently projects as the sixth tight end on the team's depth chart.
Coleman made the most of his lone target, and the touchdown was his first of 2016. However, Coleman remains well behind Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Michael Thomas on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart. He could become a factor if injury were to strike, but until then, he is not a reliable option in most fantasy leagues.
Hill continues to split snaps with Coby Fleener -- Hill played 41 snaps in Kansas City, compared to 43 snaps for Fleener, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune -- but he's clearly behind Fleener in the Saints' wide receiver pecking order. So long as Fleener is healthy, Hill will likely continue to be an afterthought in the Saints' passing attack.
Moore's injury kept him out of the Saints' Week 7 loss to the Chiefs as well, as fellow cornerback B.W. Webb drew the start in Moore's absence, which seems likely to happen again Week 8.
Fairley now has 3.5 sacks this season, which ranks third in the NFL among defensive tackles. His 19 combined tackles also rank in the top 25 among all defensive lineman. After struggling in limited action his last two seasons in both St. Louis and Detroit, Fairley has been receiving consistent playing time in his first season in New Orleans and is currently on pace to set career highs in both sacks and tackles. While his snap count may be reduced some when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins is activated from IR, Fairley should continue to see enough playing time to warrant owning in deeper IDP leagues based on his impressive early-season performance.
Thomas had a three-game touchdown streak snapped, but set new career highs in catches and yards. The rookie wide receiver's role in a Saints offense that constantly airs it out continues to grow, and quarterback Drew Brees has the ability to keep two to three of the team's receivers relevant week in and week out. Next week's matchup with the talented Seahawks secondary might be enough to slow Thomas down, though.
"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.
"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."
Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said.
In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.
Robertson recorded at least 11 tackles for the fourth time in five games to start the season. Although he's yet to record a sack or force a fumble, he's proving to be an outstanding source of tackles, and he currently ranks eighth in the NFL in that category. His single-category excellence makes him a valuable asset in IDP leagues.
Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.
"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."
Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.
Williams reportedly suffered a concussion while making a tackle in the first quarter, stopping the game for several minutes while being tended to by medical personnel. He is now in the hospital receiving care. With fellow cornerback Delvin Breaux also out after breaking his fibula in Week 1, the Saints will now likely turn to Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris to assume starting cornerback duties.
A late-week addition to the injury report, Anthony likely get hurt at practice either Thursday or Friday. It's not much of a loss for the Saints, as last year's second-round selection has only played 55 defensive snaps all year.
Harris tore his ACL and meniscus on Monday and had surgery on Tuesday, making it unsurprising that he's been moved to IR. He'll be out for the remainder of the season. Brian Dixon was promoted to the active roster to replace Harris in the Saints' secondary.
Hoomanawanui injured his lower left leg in the Saints' third preseason game. With his season finished, his presence as a blocker will be sorely missed by Drew Brees.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
This was a Jekyll-and-Hyde performance for Ingram. The veteran running back found the end zone on a three-yard reception in the third, but his fourth-quarter fumble on the Kansas City seven yard-line put a damper on New Orleans' hopes of coming back from a 10-point deficit. While his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield allows Ingram to stay involved regardless of game flow, this was just his second time topping 60 yards on the ground for a pass-happy Saints offense.
McCain's signing is likely due to the Saints being very thin at linebacker, and he will provide necessary depth for them as long as Stephone Anthony and Dannell Ellerbe remain out with injuries.
Lewis saw some extra playing time as a result of Willie Snead missing Monday's contest with a foot injury, and his catches and yardage were both career highs. Although the 5-foot-7, undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois showed some quickness in the open field, he is still fifth on the Saints' wide receiver depth chart.
Murphy remains at the bottom of the depth chart at running back, and even Daniel Lasco's absence due to a hamstring injury won't be enough to keep him active Sunday. Murphy has appeared in just two games this season.
Lampman suffered a knee injury against the Chiefs, but the injury was declared to be insignificant, hinting that Lampman's exclusion from practice is more of a precautionary measure than anything else. Even if he is able to play against the Seahawks, Lampman is no better than a sixth passing option for quarterback Drew Brees, which will limit his fantasy production barring any injuries to those in front of him on the wide receiver depth chart.
Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year.
Laurinaitis had been held out of the Saints' previous game in Week 4 against the Chargers, but the team's open date in the schedule last week came at a convenient time for him, as he's now been cleared to play Sunday. Expect Laurinaitis to take back his starting role at middle linebacker and challenge for the team lead in tackles.
Snead actually finished second to Michael Thomas in targets, receptions and yards, as quarterback Drew Brees aired the ball out for 367 yards in a 27-21 loss. The sheer volume of the Saints passing game gives all three of their top wide receivers plenty of upside on a weekly basis, but next week against Seattle's excellent secondary won't be the ideal time to plug Snead in.
Under the NFL's new guidelines as it pertains to injured reserve, each team can activate one player that was placed on the list, and the Saints have tabbed their 2016 first-round pick among the 10 Saints on IR. With his return to practice Wednesday, the Saints will have 21 days to promote Rankins to the 53-man roster.
Vaccaro had been nursing an ankle injury earlier this season, so it was good to see him play a full complement of snaps against the Panthers, and he now has 27 combined tackles this season. While Vaccaro's lack of big plays is troublesome for fantasy owners -- he has not yet registered a sack or an interception -- he remains one of the more consistent sources of tackles at the defensive back position.
McCown had an abbreviated showing in Thursday's preseason finale, going 2-for-4 for 30 yards. However, he did take one sack during his cameo, so the Saints wanted to ensure that he didn't suffer a concussion. Fortunately, he passed through the concussion protocol and appears to be fine heading into Week 1.
Sims hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in Week 1. And considering he didn't make the flight to England, it's clear he won't play against the Jets. Jake Stoneburner (three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in two games) will once again fill in behind Jordan Cameron.
Kuhn was the epitome of a touchdown vulture Sunday, as he managed just 12 total yards on five touches, but he took three of those touches into the end zone. His third touchdown was especially important, as he plowed across the goal line from a yard out in the fourth quarter to put his team ahead, after the extra point. Kuhn totaled six touches in three weeks heading into this game, so he should not be viewed as a viable fantasy option despite his strong showing.
Lutz missed a 53-yard kick in the second quarter but made up for it by nailing his next two field goal tries, a 33-yard attempt at the end of the first half and the game-winning, 52-yard kick with 11 seconds left in the game. Although Lutz has only made 7 of his 11 field goal attempts this season, he has a big leg and should continue to see plenty of chances when the Saints' offense is clicking.
The second year Stanford product has started every game for the Saints this season. Either Tim Lelito or Senio Kelemete figure to fill in for Peat while he is out.
Jenkins, a pending free agent, appeared slated for a reserve role this season, with the Saints drafting Rankins with the 12th overall pick and spending big to acquire veteran Nick Fairley in free agency. With Rankins expected to miss 6-8 weeks, Jenkins will now likely start alongside Fairley in the Saints' 4-3 base defense. In his first three years in the league, Jenkins has posted decent tackle totals for his position, but with only 1.5 career sacks, he probably should not be expected to be a difference-maker in most IDP leagues.
Kikaha had suffered a torn ACL during OTAs. While his placement on this specific list infers he could return at or near the midpoint of the season, Kikaha will more than likely be sidelined for the entire campaign given the timing of his injury.
After exiting in Week 1 with an ankle injury, Hill returned to the Saints' lineup in Week 6 and actually played more snaps than Fleener (46 snaps for Hill; 41 snaps for Fleener). Yet, it was Fleener who had the big game, catching six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Fleener even scored a second touchdown on a two-yard rushing play. In Week 7, however, Fleener again almost evenly split snaps with Hill but had far less success against Kansas City, hauling in only two passes on two targets for 44 yards. Going forward, Fleener should continue to have value, as the Saints heavily utilize the tight end in the offense and Fleener is a superior receiver to Hill, but the recent downward trend in playing time is certainly not welcome news for his fantasy owners.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.
Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).
Ellerbe suffered a quad injury in the third week of the preseason. He is still awaiting his season debut with the Saints, but it will not be in Week 7.
Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.
Edebali, who is in competition for the starting defensive end spot opposite Cameron Jordan, had an impressive debut with a pair of sacks on Patriots' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Edebali had five sacks playing as part of a rotation last season, so he's shown the ability to rush the passer. The competition between him and Obum Gwacham (who also had a nice preseason opener with five tackles) should continue throughout training camp, but if Edebali can secure the starting role, he could be an interesting option in deeper IDP leagues.
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